Raw Wool Hits the Road

Raw wool transforms into wondrous things: Roving for weaving and spinning and needle-felting and stuffing Pure wool yarn – which can then become toys and sweaters and … Blankets and throws and lap robes Our shearing story describes how it gets from the sheep to...

Introduction to Needle Felting

Introduction to Needle Felting Topsy Farms, outside the Wool Shed 14775 Front Road, Amherst Island, ON Sat. Aug. 23 10:15 am -11:45 am $20 adults, $15 teens (10 year old minimum – the needles are very sharp) Needle felting uses a barbed needle which causes wool...

Shearing Season on the Sheep Farm

  These pregnant ewes are on their way to the barn to be shorn. Their instincts to protect their young lambs from bad weather is enhanced by mamas having thin coats too. Shearing time is the most challenging few days of the year for our farm: we can’t shear wet...

Belly Wool

When our flock is shorn each spring, the skilled shearers follow the same routine with each sheep. First the ewe is positioned on her bottom, leaning back and looking very relaxed, while the electric shears clean off her belly wool and the area around her udder. That...

Wrapping Bailage Bales

Bailage is hay cut earlier in the season, when conditions are still too wet to dry the cut for hay.  It allows the farmers to get out on the land when they are chomping at the bit to get started, but forecasts are not yet for sufficient hot, dry weather. But because...